There are several things that a homeowner can do to help improve their accident prevention measures around the outside of their home as well as reducing the other various outdoor hazards that might exist. From low visibility at night to trips and falls in bad weather, there are several concerns for poorly equipped outside areas.
When you consider the fact that there are so many preventable accidents on residential properties each year, it only makes sense to make sure you take all the reasonable precautions that you can. With that in mind, we came up with 5 ways that you can improve the outdoor safety of your home by helping to prevent accidents and reduce other risks:
Perform Regular Mini-Inspections
Even if it is nothing more than doing a basic walk-around every three or four months to see if any issues are arising such as loose boards or bricks, slippery rugs, or other tripping hazards around your home or property, it is still a good way to start practicing safety consciousness in the New Year.
Install Stair Treads on Stairs
Stair safety is extremely important in and around outdoor walkways. Anti-slip paint is one possible solution, but for those who aren’t interested in taking on a larger project such as stripping, sanding, and repainting, safety stair treads and stair grips are much more convenient. GripStrips are a great installation option. They are easily installed in less than a minute and provide guests and visitors with increased stability and support. GripStrips are also weather resistant which is especially helpful when your walkways are exposed to the elements like rain and snow.
Declutter the Outdoor Area
Even though it is rarely on purpose, oftentimes we just get busy and items that need to find their way back into the garage or inside the house tend to just get left scattered around the outside. Ice chests from the last beach trip, BBQ pits, our kids’ bikes or sports equipment, and dozens of other items might be doing nothing more than creating tripping hazards throughout your property. A little bit of daily tidying up will have that taken care of in no time.
Keep the Driveway and Walkways Clean and Clear